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Sushi Girl

Sushi Girl

Movie
Director(s): 
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Grade:
B-
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 38 Minutes
Did You Know?

Michael Biehn shot his scenes for free in one day as a favor to his good friend Electra Avellan, one of the producers. ~IMDB

Sushi Girl features an all-star cast of cult icons pulled together as a broken crew of thieves. One of the thieves, Fish (Noah Hathaway; The Neverending Story), has just been released from prison and to celebrate, Duke (Tony Todd; Chuck), the gangs leader, has invited everyone to a hole in the wall restaurant that practices the Japanese serving style of Nyotaimori, serving sashimi or sushi on a woman, like a platter, in most cases nude.

The whole gang is present and not every one knows that Duke has pulled them all together to gather information from Fish about a missing pouch of diamonds the gang stole on their last, and horribly gone wrong, theft. Of course Fish isn’t going to divulge the information that easily, if he knows where the diamonds are, he has been in prison for awhile. So, as you may have guessed, things get ugly in the crew.

I’m sure by now a thousand people who have seen this film have attributed its plot and substance to some Tarantino film (because Japan didn’t start making gritty violent films till longer after Tarantino made the scene). Fact of the matter is, by this point, it’s pretty much true, and if you know me you probably know how unimpressed I am with a majority of Tarantino’s work. Regardless, Sushi Girl gets away with its homage display of uber-violence, foul language, and grit due to its cast and the amazing job they do.

Todd is the definitive power villain as he chews up the scenery with his deep booming voice and gangly tall figure. Noah Hathaway is no longer the tough by sensitive Indian hunter on the trail of the great nothing. Makes me kind of sad to see him look so dirty, but he plays his part well. The real gem of the bunch is Mark Hamill (Star Wars) as the oddball of the group with his long blonde locks and misplaced face shrouded in a goofy but insane persona. Hamill makes it hilarious and creepy at the same time. Not the kind of person you’d like to be alone in a room with.

Along for the ride are Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill), James Duval (Independence Day), Andy Mackenzie (Days of Our Lives), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight), and a Planet Terror reunion of Jeff Fahey (Lawnmower Man), Michael Biehn (Tombstone), and Danny Trejo (Machete). Last but not least Cortney Palm (Alice In Wonderland) plays the titular character Sushi Girl.

PICTURE QUALITY:
For having a budget of only $750,000 Sushi Girl looks pretty damn good on Blu-ray. The only perceived flaws in the film look to be mostly intentionally placed cosmetic stuff, but it’s not overbearing. Even if you end up not liking the film, you have very little room for complaint when it comes to the picture quality which is sharp, vivid in color, and holds a great high definition quality.

BONUS FEATURES:
~Filmmaker and Cast Commentaries
~Sushi Girl” A Documentary: Pretty long behind the scenes feature you should definitely check out if you enjoyed the film.
~Alternate Scenes: Worth seeing at least once. A little over two minutes of your time.
~Outtakes: I think for those of you out there that really loved this film. It dragged for me at near twenty minutes. 
~TV Commercials: Made in the Grindhouse fashion.
~Cast and Crew Interviews
~Image Gallery
~Storyboards
~Trailer
~Photo Gallery

AJ Garcia
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